Abbott Government shirks care and responsibility on Aged Care

The Abbott Government has been caught snoozing on aged care, exhibiting a no care, no responsibility attitude.


Today’s Senate Estimates hearings gave Labor its first opportunity to question the Assistant Minister responsible for aged care about his decision to axe the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement (DSBS) as of 31 July 2014.


Senator Fifield’s own Department acknowledged the complexity of the DSBS required very careful monitoring to ensure it was appropriately targeted.


The over-subscription of the DSBS was only discovered as a result of Labor’s Questions on Notice to the Department even though the Abbott Government was responsible for monitoring the DSBS for 11 out of the 12 months of its existence.


Rather than oversee the implementation of Labor’s major aged care reforms, Tony Abbott’s Government has been asleep at the wheel.


The Abbott Government’s unfair cuts and lackadaisical attitude is hurting vulnerable older Australians.